Viz One 5.12

Viz One 5.12 includes features that more effectively send media, manage high-quality original versions, and track media relations.

Improved sending of media from Studio

Viz One's new Send To menu changes existing workflows by making the sending of media easier, faster, and more flexible. Media items and clips are sent to a batch of destinations in one single request. This is for multiple web destinations, in-house production, playout centers, or other destinations. The user can also search and find destinations easier using filters, or adding frequently used destinations to a Favorite folder. Metadata information can be added or changed before sending, this can be general as well as mandatory field information, all depending on what the media or destination require.

Improved management of high-quality original media

Viz One now stores additional alternate media renditions such as high-quality original versions of media in a single item. This allows for attaching 2K, 4K, or any other alternate technical renditions of the same material. The alternate renditions can be attached to the item via the Viz One API. The new feature makes it easier to manage alternate renditions as they don't need to be stored in multiple items, and can be easily added via the API. It also enables storing a significantly wider number of codecs, resolutions, frame rates, and containers in Viz One, as the system needs only to detect basic technical metadata for the alternate renditions.

Improved media tracking in Studio

Studio now lists and displays the cut relations between media in the new Composed From and Used In selections in a redesigned graphical view. This allows the user to easily understand what media has been used when and where, and what relation it has to other media.

Improved permissions that restrict access to types of logs

Viz One Permissions have been improved to include restricting which groups have access to modify and view a particular type of log. Often log tracks are used for significant tasks such as TX, rights, and archiving. The new feature limits which groups can make modifications, for example to a compliance log track type. Restricting access of data purely to qualified users avoids costly production mistakes and decreases the need of user training.

Improved rundown and playlist filtering based on channel and category in Studio

Studio now allows filtering of both rundowns and playlists based on Channel and Category. This simplifies finding a particular rundown or playlist in systems where Viz One is managing many channels. The new Channel and Category properties are dynamically assigned based on configuration. The new feature can be used to quickly filter for ‘sports’ rundowns or ‘VOD’ playlists for a given day.

Improved language search using configurable word boundary detection

Viz One now allows configuring of how search determines word boundaries. When indexing an asset, it is the individual words that are indexed. Searching for "abc" will, for example, only match "abc_123" if the tokenizer recognizes "abc" and "123" are two words respectively during indexing (unless an explicit wildcard is added to the query). The standard tokenizer used in Viz One works well for most customers, but in some cases the language used or presence of search use-cases require configuring the tokenizer. The new feature makes it easier to find assets in systems where the language used or metadata do not match the default word boundary detection.

Improved Vantage integration using REST APIs

The integration with Vantage can now perform advanced transcoding workflows automatically. Metadata and other data from Viz One can be passed to Vantage to trigger workflows using REST APIs. Subtitle burn-in is still supported, using the legacy SOAP-based integration. The new data allows Vantage to automate more decisions in the transcoding workflow. Maintaining a high degree of automation in transcoding workflows is important for enabling efficient VOD production and file delivery.

Improved XDCAM HD MXF file structure according to SMPTE RDD 9 2013

Viz One can now produce XDCAM HD MXF files based on the SMPTE RDD 9 2013 specification. Files created according to the 2013 specification offer performance benefits when used in third party products such as NLEs. Customers wanting to postpone a switch to the 2013 specification, can also for the foreseeable future, continue to produce files according to the SMPTE RDD 9 2006 specification by running older versions of the transcoding and rendering toolsets used in Viz One.

See the full release notes available at download.vizrt.com.